Puerto Escondido: paradise on the beach
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca: Sandy beaches and palm trees silhouetted against a blue sky. Young surfers and middle-aged sun-seekers on the beach at Zicatela. Fresh fruit at the market. Fresh and distinctive Oaxacan cuisine at a local restaurant. This is Puerto Escondido, Mexico, a sun-drenched Mexican paradise whose beaches attract visitors from everywhere.
Overrun with tourists? Hardly. A little harder to get to than many other Mexican tourist destinations, Puerto Escondido is not known for its all-inclusive vacation packages. It is known for being a Mexican beach town.
For accommodation, you can stay in a no-frills hostel, a rental house or apartment or a hotel with however many stars you wish. Whatever your choice, you will not be disappointed, for Puerto is a hospitable town, and respects its visitors.
You will never be bored. Once you’ve tired of lying on the beach go whalewatching or charter a launch to go fishing. Go diving, either in the water or from a plane, tour a lagoon, ride a horse, go for a beach walk, browse through the stalls at the market, visit a gallery or find a special gift to take home at one of the artisans’ stores.
Alternatively, come for a week and stay for life: any one of the local real estate offices will be happy to help you find your dream home in paradise.
Puerto Escondido at a glance
- Population: 45,000
- Economic base: tourism, fishing, agriculture
- Beaches: six — Zicatela (surfing), Principal, Marinero, Manzanillo, Carrizalillo and Bacocho.
- Shopping: Two supermarkets (Super Che and Bodega Aurrera), public market and lots more, including specialty and gift shops on the Adoquín, at Zicatela and on the Rinconada.
- Accommodations: For every taste and every budget, from surfer hostels to pricey vacation rental homes.
- Restaurants: Lots of seafood, Oaxacan cuisine, beach palapas, you name it.
- Bank machines: Half a dozen or more.
- Visitor information: Gina in the kiosk on the Adoquín.